Students in Lawrence County are getting the opportunity to learn more about the court system.
That’s because Ironton Municipal Judge Kevin Waldo has been hosting high school students inside his courtroom.
Thursday morning, Collins Career Center students had that opportunity.
But they aren’t the only ones as they are the 5th school in the court’s jurisdiction to take a tour of the Ironton Municipal courtroom.
Chief Probation Officer John Kincaid even put them inside the holding cell for a little while.
“I’ve never been in a jail cell before so that was a nice thing to do,” said Cheyenne Long, a forensic science student, as she laughed a little.
“[The cell is] really cramped with everybody in there,” said Mason Blair, another forensic science student. “[It’s] small.”
Dillon Lunsford described that experience as “a little bit weird, but yeah.” Lunsford is also a part of the forensic science program at Collins Career Center.
After the tour, students got to sit in and see how the scales of lady justice work and actually got to ask Judge Waldo any questions they might have.
Waldo says he’s been asked why he wears a robe when he’s judging cases before, but that other questions surrounded rights of the accused.
“It’s been an educational process for the kids,” said Waldo.
Students from Saint Joseph High School in Ironton will have the opportunity to visit Waldo’s courtroom next Thursday.